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Caltech Associates News and Events

Fall 2014

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Join us in welcoming Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum and his wife, Professor Katherine T. Faber

We look forward to introducing President Thomas F. Rosenbaum at several upcoming Caltech Associates events and hope you are able to join us in these festivities! More...


Meet Rushikesh S. Joshi, one of five Associates-sponsored SURF students

In August Caltech hosted the 2014 SURF Awards Dinner to honor undergraduates who received Student Undergraduate Research Fellowships and applaud their exceptional work. We are excited to introduce you to one of the five scholars sponsored by the Associates. More...

Name: Guanghua Gao
Member Since: 2002
Chapter: East Coast
Job Title: Senior Quant Trader

"The Associates help us to briefly step outside of our daily work and bring us back to the wonder of scientific discovery. It also allows us to connect with very talented and often well-established alumni." More...
Name: Beata Stylianos
Member Since: 2006
Chapter: Northern California
Job Title: CEO of Mission Critical Technologies

"I am excited to see and be involved in President Rosenbaum’s agenda for Caltech. I believe exciting opportunities await the organization and I am honored to be a part of it." More...
Name: Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA
Member Since: 2001
Chapter: Southern California
Job Title: Founding Principal at Gonzalez Goodale Architects

"As I begin my new role as the Associates membership committee chair, I am looking forward to working with the board and staff to enhance relationships with current members and strengthen the membership campaign. I am also excited to attend programs in the upcoming year and get to know more of the members." More...

Save the Date for President Thomas F. Rosenbaum's Inauguration
Join us in celebrating the inauguration of Caltech's ninth president, Thomas F. Rosenbaum, on Friday, October 24, 2014. If you are unable to come to campus, you can tune in to the live stream of the inauguration ceremony at 2 p.m. Learn more about the festivities here.
Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Groundbreaking on October 7
TMT, near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, will be the world's largest ground-based telescope when it begins operations in 2022. This pioneering project, conceived by a group of Caltech astronomers more than a decade ago, will have its groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, October 7. Watch the live stream here.
Welcome Class of 2018
On Sunday, September 21, we welcomed Caltech's newest class of freshmen and returning students at Convocation, the official kickoff of the academic year. Our new president, Thomas F. Rosenbaum, and Alan J. Weinstein, professor of physics, spoke to students and parents. Learn more about our top-notch students and world-class faculty and staff here.
Ever Wonder What It's Like to Be a Student at Caltech Today?
Join two Techers, Karsyn Bailey and Harrison Miller, on a walking tour of campus as they introduce you to Caltech's community of extraordinary students, world-leading faculty, and breakthrough research. Watch the videos to learn more about what makes Caltech's undergraduate experience unique.
Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
In August President Thomas F. Rosenbaum accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from MIT president Rafael Reif. President Rosenbaum was doused in the flume in the Earth Surface Dynamics Laboratory of Michael Lamb, Caltech professor of geology. The water used in the flume's experiments is recycled; it gets pumped from the flume's floor back up to the top of the incline. No water was wasted in the making of this video
Big Data Summer School Is in SessionVirtually
Caltech and JPL are offering an unusual take on the massive open online course (MOOC) model: a "virtual summer school" class that will focus on methods used in the analysis of complex data sets, or "big data." 
Introducing Now@Caltech 
Stay informed about the exciting work that is happening at Caltech by subscribing to our new electronic newsletter, Now@Caltech, which provides a synopsis of top research news, Caltech community stories, and events. Subscribe here.

Curiosity Arrives at Mount Sharp

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination. "Curiosity now will begin a new chapter from an already outstanding introduction to the world," said Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. More...

Slimy Fish and the Origins of Brain Development

Lamprey—slimy, eel-like parasitic fish with tooth-riddled, jawless sucking mouths—are rather disgusting to look at, but thanks to their important position on the vertebrate family tree, they can offer important insights about the evolutionary history of our own brain development, a recent study suggests. More...


A New Way to Prevent the Spread of Devastating Diseases

Researchers around the country are adopting a technique developed in the Caltech lab of Nobel Laureate David Baltimore to try to guard against infection. The method, called VIP, was originally designed to trigger an immune response to HIV, and has been so successful that it has since been applied to a number of other infectious diseases. More...

Ceramics Don't Have to Be Brittle

Caltech materials scientist Julia Greer and her students have developed a method for constructing new structural materials by taking advantage of the unusual properties that solids can have at the nanometer scale, where features are measured in billionths of meters. More...


East Coast reception and dinner with President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, hosted by the Caltech Associates
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
We hope you can join us in celebrating President Rosenbaum's arrival and our East Coast chapter at this special reception and dinner hosted by the Associates at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan.
Watson Lecture with David Hsieh, Assistant Professor of Physics
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Since 1922, the Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has brought Caltech’s most innovative scientific research to the public. Join us for the first lecture in the 2014−15 series and hear from David Hsieh on “Quantum States of Matter in Crystals.” Read more about this lecture and others in the series here.
Caltech Associates dinner and panel discussion "Science and the University-Government Partnership"
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Join us for a reception and dinner at the Athenaeum preceding a thought-provoking panel discussion moderated by Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago and member of the National Science Board.
The Inauguration of Caltech President
Thomas F. Rosenbaum

Friday, October 24, 2014
The Caltech community will celebrate President Rosenbaum's formal inauguration ceremony on the Caltech campus. Join us for the festivities.
Caltech Associates new-member welcome reception
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
New members of the Caltech Associates are invited to a welcome reception to meet the Associates board and fellow new members, as well as learn a little more about Caltech.
Northern California reception and dinner with President Thomas F. Rosenbaum, hosted by the Caltech Associates
Saturday, November 15, 2014
We hope you can join us for this special reception and dinner to celebrate President Rosenbaum and the Northern California chapter.


New Members

Join us in welcoming our newest Associates

Mrs. Tami D. Ciranna and Mr. Raymond P. Ciranna
Ms. Sara Lippincott
Mr. Sonny Lulla and Mrs. Jennifer Heintz Lulla
Mr. Tommy Morphet and
    Ms. Jacqueline Rousseau
Mr. Ron Porter and Mrs. Darlene C. Porter
Mr. Thomas P. Riley and Mrs. Evangelia F. Riley
Mr. Kiran Shekar
Mr. Jeremy B. Smith and Mrs. Kelly Smith

Ms. Elizabeth Stameshkin

In Memoriam

In memory of our Associates, whose dedication to Caltech will be missed

Mr. G. Edward Bryan, July 9, 2014
Dr. Kaye H. Kilburn, August 7, 2014
Dr. Frank E. Marble, August 11, 2014
Mr. James K. La Fleur, August 16, 2014
Mrs. Joyce A. Kresa, August 17, 2014

Mr. H. Russell Smith, September 7, 2014
Dr. Ray D. Owen, September 21, 2014

Join, Renew, or Upgrade Membership

If you would like to become a member of the Associates, renew, or upgrade your membership, please contact our member services coordinator at (626) 395-4858 or or visit our membership webpage.

Caltech Associates Board 2014

Executive Committee
Ananth Natarajan, President
Lynda Fetter, President Elect
Tracy Fu, Vice President
Peter Clark, Vice President
Priscilla McClure, Past President

Board Members
Jane Arnault-Factor, Paul Attyah, Caroline Blauvelt, Edward M. Boughton, Ginger Caldwell,
Jane Caughey, C. Joseph Chang, Marina Chen, Peter O. Clark, Lynda B. Fetter, Tracy Fu,
Bernadette Glenn, Armando Gonzalez, Alan Greenstadt, Cindy Hambleton, Joyce Hameetman,
Barbara Hanna, Dylan H. Hixon, Michael Mann, Clara Miller, Susan Murakami, Ananth Natarajan,
Janice Ohta, Karen Roberts, Samantha Seaward, Michael R. Spindler, Pamela Wiedenbeck,
Joseph Yang

Presidents Emeriti
Fred A. Blum, Hannah Bradley, John D. Gee, John H. Glanville, Cathleen A. Godzik,
Collis H. Holladay, Jr., Millard W. Jacobs, Robert T. Jenkins, Carl V. Larson, Ilene O. Marshall
Priscilla McClure, Carel Otte, Margaret Richards, Elizabeth Loucks Samson, Warren G. Schlinger,
Tom Tisch, Elizabeth Tito, Thomas J. Tyson, Kathleen M. Wiltsey


Thank You

As a member of the Caltech Associates, you play a vital role in the life of the Institute. Through your generous annual contributions of unrestricted support, you help make it possible for our faculty, students, and researchers to engage in creative, discovery-based inquiry that seeks answers to the world's most challenging questions. Thank you for partnering with us as we lead the way into the future.
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